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God, Tsar, and PeopleThe Political Culture of Early Modern Russia$
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Daniel B. Rowland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752094.001.0001

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Toward an Understanding of the Political Ideas in Ivan Timofeev’s Vremennik

Toward an Understanding of the Political Ideas in Ivan Timofeev’s Vremennik

(p.23) Chapter 2 Toward an Understanding of the Political Ideas in Ivan Timofeev’s Vremennik
God, Tsar, and People

Daniel B. Rowland

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Vremennik of Ivan Timofeev and describes the disasters that then engulfed Muscovite Rus´, such as famine, civil war, and foreign intervention that stimulated historical thought. It identifies writers who set themselves the difficult task of integrating the disturbing events, particularly the virtual collapse of the “God-established tsarstvo” with the earlier history of Rus´. It also considers Timofeev's Vremennik as the single-best source for investigating how early seventeenth-century Muscovites thought about their own history and politics. The chapter explains how Timofeev, like a number of other smuta tale authors, did not write primarily to promote a particular political point of view or a particular set of ideas. It reveals that the Vremennik is closer to a diary than a polemical work based on the remarks of Timofeev.

Keywords:   Vremennik, Ivan Timofeev, Muscovites, smuta tale author, polemical work

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